By Veena Dubal
A Coalition of Muslim groups called the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (based in Newark) has recently announced that they will limit the social interactions between their communities and the FBI. This decision comes on the heels of the FBI’s decision to “limit” its work with CAIR — the Council on American Islamic Relations. According to the SF Chronicle, the FBI’s decision was based on the fact that one of the founder’s of CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the highly criticized and debated Holy Land Foundation case.
There are many things wrong with this decision by the FBI (namely that the Holy Land Foundation case was a political witchhunt in and of itself and also that being “unindicted” means that one has not been found guilty — what happened to due process?). Ultimately, however, the lesson for Muslim and other communities comes as somewhat of a relief for me. Read the rest of this entry »